This year has been an exceptional one for Zillow Group. We’ve held true to our core values by moving faster, thinking bigger and working as a team—and our accomplishments show it.
In February, we celebrated Zillow’s first decade with a reflective look at who we are and where we’re going. Though a decade has gone by, we’ve remained dedicated to our founding goal of empowering people with information about their homes.
To strive toward this mission, Zillow Group brands shipped more than 200 app updates and releases to mobile home shoppers in 2016. We created innovative new products that simplify the home searching process, including Trulia’s Facebook Messenger bot, dotloop’s brand new Android app and Zillow’s video walkthroughs.
Zillow Group’s data science teams also kept quite busy in 2016. Across all of our brands, they process several terabytes of data each day, totaling up to petabytes of data over the course of the year. All this number crunching has helped to improve the accuracy of our information. In 2016, the median error rate for Zillow’s Zestimate™ dropped from 8 percent to 4.5 percent.
Of course, none of these big wins would have been possible without collaboration across all our teams. Zillow Group has nearly 2,800 employees across five consumer brands (Zillow, Trulia, StreetEasy, HotPads and Naked Apartments) and four business brands (Bridge Interactive, dotloop, Mortech and Retsly), with 34 percent of our current workforce hired in the last year.
Part of this growth came from two new additions to the Zillow Group portfolio of brands: Naked Apartments and Bridge Interactive. These acquisitions represent growing sectors in real estate; Naked Apartments helps New York City renters find their way home, and Bridge Interactive helps our industry partners manage their listing data.
While we’ve worked hard in 2016, we’ve had plenty of fun, too. Employees spent hours coding their passion projects during Hack Weeks and Innovation Weeks, teamed up to conquer the Tough Mudder and consumed over 350,000 cups of coffee and 280,000 cans of La Croix.
Want to come along for the ride? Check out our job openings – we’re hiring!